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Virginia Wine Board

About the Virginia Wine Board

Created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1984 as part of Virginia's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Virginia Wine Board promotes the interests of vineyards and wineries in the Commonwealth through research, education and marketing. 

The Virginia Wine Board funds research, education, and marketing initiatives that further the Virginia Wine industry. Learn more about VWB grants here, including prior awards and associated reports.

The next Virginia Wine Board meeting will be Tuesday, August 20 at 10 am, located at Hillsborough Winery.

Additional meeting dates:
  • Monday, December 9 (location TBD)
  • Tuesday and Wednesday, March 17-18 (location TBD)

Board of Directors

Joseph Guthrie
VDACS Commissioner

The Board fulfills the following duties.
  • Receives funding from the Virginia Wine Promotion Fund and dispenses it for wine-related projects and initiatives.
  • Contracts research to improve viticultural and enological practices in the Virginia wine industry.
  • Promotes education about and appreciation for Virginia wines.
  • Promotes the growing of wine grapes and wine production throughout the Commonwealth.
  • Disseminates information on wine and viticultural topics.
  • Contracts marketing, advertising and other programs that promote the growth of the state's wine industry and the enjoyment of Virginia wines.
  • Collaborates with state, regional, national, and international organizations on their work related to Virginia's wine industry.
The Board consists of 10 members, nine of whom have voting privileges, all appointed by Virginia's governor for four-year terms. Three of the Board members are growers and six of which represent wineries. Approximately two-thirds of the Board's budget goes towards education and marketing, with the remaining third spent on wine-related research.

The Virginia Wine Board Program Manager and Technical Committee FOIA Officer is Lindsey Anderson. To contact, please email

To Learn More

To learn more about the Virginia Wine Board, contact the Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office at 804-344-8200 or